Here are more observations from talking to people on the weekend scrimmages:
BAYLOR AT OHIO STATE
- Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn was in attendance, but did not play. The word I got was that it was a sore Achilles.
- The best player on the court was either Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger or Buckeyes senior David Lighty. Sullinger was able to take advantage of a Bears defese that is still getting used to playing without shot-blocker Ekpe Udoh while Lighty was, well, just Lighty – and was good on both ends of the court.
- Baylor freshman Perry Jones played well – and even brought the ball up the court as a quasi-point guard on a few occasions.
TEXAS VS. GONZAGA IN DENVER
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: Texas freshman forward Tristan Thompson
- Texas sophomore Jordan Hamilton also played well.
- Rick Barnes had veteran Dogus Balbay and freshman Cory Joseph running the point.
- The best player on the court for the ‘Zags was big man Robert Sacre.
CLEMSON AT GEORGIA
BEST PLAYER ON TH COURT: Toss-up between Clemson guards Demontez Stitt and Andre Young.
- Trey Thompkins and Gerald Robinson didn’t play much for Georgia.
VIRGINIA AT MARQUETTE
- Virginia’s top player is Mike Scott, but freshman guard KT Harrell was impressive and shot it well.
- Marquette got good production from freshman big man Davante Gardner. Senior guard Dwight Buycks and forward Jae Crowder also played well.
UTAH AT ARIZONA
- BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: Arizona’s Derrick Williams – Led all scorers
- Sophomore wing Shawn Glover and point guard Josh Watkins played well for the Utes, who were without Jay Watkins and David Foster.
GEORGIA TECH AT UAB
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: UAB’s Jamarr Sanders – Scored the ball from all over the court.
- Iman Shumpert played well for Georgia Tech, who was without redshirt freshman big man Daniel Miller. One-time Tulane signee Nate Hicks was a pleasant surprise for the Yellow Jackets.
ARIZONA STATE AT SAINT MARY’S
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: For Saint Mary’s, it was newcomer Rob Jones – and for Arizona State, it was one-time Duke commit Carrick Felix.
RIDER AT SETON HALL
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: Rider guard Justin Robinson.
- The game was very competitive – and the word I got was that Seton Hall struggled. The best player on the court for Kevin Willard was Jeremy Hazell.
- Mike Ringgold also looked good for Tommy Dempsey’s Rider squad.
WAKE FOREST AT COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: This wasn’t even up for debate. College of Charleston’s shooter Andrew Goudelock was the best player on the floor.
- Ari Stewart and C.J. Harris played well for a young Wake Forest team. Travis McKie and J.T. Terrell also had their moments – and Ty Walker has started to show glimpses of the promise that had him as a Top 50 player coming out of high school.
FORDHAM AT VILLANOVA
TOP PLAYERS ON THE COURT: Villanova guards Corey Fisher and Maalik Wayns.
BOSTON COLLEGE AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
TOP PLAYERS ON THE COURT: Boston College’s Reggie Jackson and BU’s John Holland.
CREIGHTON AT COLORADO
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: Colorado’s Alec Burks
- Creighton big man Kenny Lawson didn’t play much.
PROVIDENCE AT STONY BROOK
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: Providence forward Marshon Brooks
- Stony Brook was without three of its top players.
GEORGE MASON AT RICHMOND
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: Richmond’s Kevin Anderson
- Andre Cornelius made shots for George Mason and freshman Jon Arledge was tough on the glass.
TEXAS TECH AT NEW MEXICO STATE
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: Texas Tech’s John Roberson.
KENT STATE AT ST. BONAVENTURE
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: St. Bonnie Andrew Nicholson
- Biggest surprise was Kent State 6-foot-11 big man Justin Manns – who redshirted last season.
LSU AT TULANE
BEST PLAYER ON THE COURT: LSUs Malcolm White – Ole Miss transfer.
- Tulane sophomore Kendall Timmons stood out for the Green Wave.
LOYOLA (ILL.) AT NORTHWESTERN
- No real surprises here. John Shurna and Drew Crawford stood out for the Wildcats while Ben Averkamp and Geoff McCammon played well for Loyola.